PM, other BJP bigwigs to address Goa rallies

Miranda GreerJan 06, 2017

This is the first rally by Prime Minister Modi after the 50-day grace period of demonetisation was expired on December 30. Vote counting will take place on March 11 in all five states.

As for seats, the BJP may get 206-216 seats as per the opinion poll in the 403-member UP Assembly. Opinion polls by media houses in collaboration with independent research agencies, have started making predictions as to which party could sweep to power in the politically-crucial state. "None of these political parties have anything to do with development or have any concern for the welfare of people of Uttar Pradesh", he added.

January 4: The Congress Party on Wednesday opined that the secular forces will have to unite if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has to be defeated in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

On the other hand, the ruling Samajwadi Party is likely to get a vote share of 26 percent in the latest survey and may emerge as the two party with 92-97 seats. Significantly, the poll, conducted from October to December, claimed that the BJP's vote share increased a month after demonetisation.

With the schedule for the Assembly polls being announced on Wednesday, the BJP appears to be anxious about the impact of demonetisation on women. Rahul Gandhi's high voltage campaign and Prashant Kishore's electoral strategising seems to have made no difference to the party's fortunes.

The results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the state were perplexing as the decrease in the percentage of SP and BSP votes was not commensurate with the humiliating depletion in the number of their seats. "If the BJP is unable to win the UP state election, this will be a very ominous portent for the BJP". The law and order situation in Manipur had been the key focus of the meeting.

The survey does not factor in the impact of any possible split in the Samajwadi Party nor does it look at the impact of an alliance among the SP, Congress and RLD.

Battling demonetisation headwinds, the BJP believes it will do even better than the survey suggests. In Uttarakhand, the party brass feel it will unseat the Congress-led government beset with mis-governance and corruption.

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